Exclusive: 'Desperate' Tottenham player told not to quit after claim via Sky - pundit
Paul Robinson has urged Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks to not leave the club in January because Jose Mourinho is “building something special”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs goalkeeper admitted the 24-year-old will need to play more football if he is to make England’s squad for next year’s European Championships.
After starting Spurs’ first three Premier League games, the England international has played just 17 minutes of league action for his boyhood club.
He has only made the bench for one of Tottenham’s last five league games and has had to settle mainly for Europa League football.
Winks played the full 90 minutes of Spurs’ 4-0 win over Ludogorets on Thursday night and scored their third goal in an emphatic win.
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Robinson claimed the trend could develop into a real problem for Winks.
He told Football Insider: “The lack of game time is going to hamper Harry Winks going forward.
“He is a player that I rate very, very highly and I would not want to see him leave Spurs but he needs to play football.
“The Euros are coming up next summer and he will be desperate to play football.
“He is part of a very strong squad at Spurs and even though game time is not regular I would not want to leave because Jose is building something special. He could be part of something special this season.
“It is down to him whether he is happy being a squad player, because he will get game time but it will be bit-part.”
Winks admitted while on international duty earlier this month that his situation at Spurs was “difficult”.
He added: “It’s important that back at Tottenham I get the opportunities there and I stay in the team there.”